Scouts' takes on Jose Abreu, Johnny Cueto, Billy Hamilton, Eddie Butler, and other interesting players.
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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including the Rangers' Kellin Deglan and Luke Jackson.
Hitter of the Night: Kellin Deglan, C, Rangers (Hickory, A-): 3-3, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, BB.
Deglan’s status as a prospect has all but disappeared after he failed to hit in three years of full-season ball between Low- and High-A. The hit tool simply isn’t there, Monday night notwithstanding, of course.
A trio of perplexing pitchers leads off today's Ten Pack.
Dylan Axelrod, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)
The fact that Axelrod even reached the big leagues is quite an achievement. A 30th-round pick in 2007 by the Padres, Axelrod lasted a year and a half before landing in Indy ball, but all he did was get better. His primary skill is the ability to throw strikes. He pounds the strike zone with an 88-91 mph fastball, has a decent slider, and a somewhat-less-than-decent curve. He has no changeup, but he hits his spots and keeps hitters off balance; while that's the kind of pitcher who should hit a wall, he just hasn't yet. With 7 2/3 shutout innings on Sunday, he now has a 1.08 ERA in four starts for the Knights to go with 26 strikeouts and just four walks. He's already a great scouting find for the White Sox, and has to upgrade that status by becoming a usable arm as a No. 5 starter or middle reliever, which exceeds any expectation ever put on him.
I write about what I see, and so far this year I’ve seen the Rangers’ farm system more often than I’ve seen my own face. Like I didwith the Royals, I want to highlight some of the under-the-radar talent, talent that has a chance to emerge on the prospect landscape during the season. For this exercise you will be provided a meat and a starch, so unless I can find a way to sneak in a meth reference or two, this article will be straight-up meat-and-potatoes scouting. I know, I’m disappointed as well. Take a deep breath. We will get through this together.
From Ted Williams' home run in his final career at-bat to Sadaharu Oh's record-breaking blast and beyond, there have been some remarkable home runs hit in baseball history. Here's a look at six of them.
A warning about five players Jason will not be touching on any of his draft days unless the price is right.
DTM. If you have been playing fantasy baseball long enough, you know what that acronym stands for. That, or you have tuned into MLB Fantasy 411 show on MLB Network at some point and seen my good friends Mike Siano and Cory Schwartz utter it when discussing some frustrating player. It is a term safe enough for the airwaves that avoids the heavy hand of the FCC, yet is strong enough to convey the anger a particular player generates within you when looking at him.
Optioned RHP Carlos Torres to Charlotte (Triple-A); purchased the contract of LHP Chris Sale from Charlotte. [8/4]
Activated 4C-L Mark Teahen from the 15-day DL; optioned 1B/3B-R Dayan Viciedo to Charlotte. [8/13]
Placed LHP Matt Thornton on the 15-day DL (elbow), retroactive to 8/18; placed RHP J.J. Putz on the 15-day DL (knee); activated LHP Erick Threets from the 15-day DL; recalled RHP Lucas Harrell from Charlotte. [8/25]
Placed LHP Erick Threets on the 15-day DL (torn UCL, elbow); recalled RHP Carlos Torres from Charlotte. [8/28]
Claimed DH-R Manny Ramirez off waivers from the Dodgers; transferred RHP Jake Peavy from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [8/30]
Optioned RHP Carlos Torres to Charlotte; activated DH-R Manny Ramirez. [8/31]
Recalled C-R Tyler Flowers and OF-L Alejandro De Aza from Charlotte; purchased the contract of RHP Gregory Infante from Birmingham; designated RHP Clevelan Santeliz for assignment. [9/1]
Outrighted RHP Clevelan Santeliz to Charlotte. [9/2]
Activated LHP Matt Thornton from the 15-day DL; purchased the contract of 3B-R Brent Morel from Charlotte; transferred LHP Erick Threets from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [9/3]
Recalled RHP Carlos Torres and 1B/3B-R Dayan Viciedo from Charlotte. [9/7]
Activated RHP J.J. Putz from the 15-day DL. [9/9]
Rob McQuown updates Value Picks, as 2 players end up on the shelf and get replaced by Cam Maybin and the "other" Guillen.
Exiting “stage left” this week are Conor Jackson and Mike Cameron. Cameron is still a guy to get after he returns to duty in a month or so, but the injury takes him off the radar for now. Conor Jackson was already on a short leash before going on the DL as a guy without much power or speed. His injury gives Gerardo Parra short-term value with a chance to stick if he hits well again. Carlos Gomez is being edged out of playing time by Jim Edmonds and is now a huge risk, but the speed potential is so great that he stays on for at least another week.
In Delmon Young-style, Cameron Maybin went from 2 straight years of top-10 (overall) status on Kevin Goldstein's top 101 list (and 3 straight years in the top 10 at Baseball America) to undrafted in most shallow mixed roto leagues. This is in spite of hitting .319/.399/.463 last year, as a 22-year-old at AAA(!) The problems are multiple and are summed up by his tepid PECOTA projection: